Thursday, July 15, 2010

Maim your Television

We didn't exactly kill our television, but we maimed it severely. We cut the cable and saved ourselves upwards of $150 a month. We substituted the cable with a basic Netflicks account and a Roku for downloading from Amazon. Now we watch commercial television and movies on demand (in three different rooms) for less than $10 a month.

How is this relevant to farming?

We have a 15-year-old boy. He rarely watches television, but when he does he doesn't see commercials. McDonalds, Burger King, General Foods, and the like do not reach him in our home. He knows where food comes from and has little interest in the offerings of agribusiness.

Most of our meals are made at home. Last year we sent him to visit his grandmother in D.C. She eats out a lot and planned to treat him with trips to McDonalds. He was miserable. He's totally spoiled. At home he has bread, tortillas, and pasta made from scratch, vegetables from our garden, and fruit from the farmer's market. His father makes a lunch for him to take to school each day, containing a homemade energy bar which I wrap in wax paper and art from magazines. It was a week before he realized I was making them and they weren't store bought.

Needless to say, he's healthy, strong, and thin.

Netflicks has some great movies. I just finished watching Killer at Large: Why Obesity is American's Greatest Threat - very informative.

You don't have to kill your television, but you can drive it to its knees and make it serve you.

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